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Twitter Chat in Review: Preservation and the Holidays Edition

Posted on: December 13th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

Neighborhood Christmas tree near Barracks Row Main Street, Washington, DC. (Photo: Sarah Heffern)

In the 10 months I've been co-hosting the #builtheritage chat on Twitter, I can't remember a one that has taken off as quickly as this month's about preservation and the holidays. Sometimes during our Twitter chats it takes a few minutes for the conversation to really get off the ground. Not so this time around - everyone came armed with ideas and examples about celebrating the holidays at historic sites and on Main Streets.

I gathered some of the tweets into Storify to capture links to a handful of the great programs mentioned (there's still a full transcript available), but I think one of the overriding themes is worth mentioning here, too: nostalgia. It was clear from everyone's comments remembering successful events they'd hosted or attended was that the holiday season relies more heavily on personal nostalgia than other times of the year. So, when making plans to celebrate on your Main Street, or at your historic site, think about connecting people to their past in a local and personal way - and about building new memories they can carry into the future.

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She's hopelessly nostalgic about Christmas and was glad to find she's not alone in this.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… Twitter Chat Time!

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

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Though I still have the tiniest bit of turkey and stuffing left in my fridge, it's time for me to admit that Thanksgiving has passed and it's now, officially, the holiday season. (Retailers can tell me all they want that it begins after Halloween, but I refuse to accept this.) And with the holidays come events and parties galore - many hosted in historic places, because really, what dresses up better for festivities than beautiful architecture?

And so, that's our theme for the December #BuiltHeritage Twitter chat: discussing the connections between the holidays and preservation. We'll talk about seasonal promotions and events at historic sites, how to promote shopping on Main Streets, and more. So... think about some examples of great holiday events you've attended (or hosted) and be ready to share.

We’ll be hoisting the virtual eggnog on Twitter next Wednesday (December 7) at 4:00 EST. Please join us!

Here’s how to participate in the chat:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (your friendly chat moderators: Julia, Kayla, and I) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

If you can’t join in live, don’t worry – we’ll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.

Hope to hear from you!

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As she's not actually a fan of egg nog, she'll be hoisting a virtual gingerbread latte. Or possibly a real one.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

UPDATED: Twitter Chat on Food & Preservation is Today (November 2)

Posted on: November 2nd, 2011 by Sarah Heffern 1 Comment

 

Update: Though it took a week (sorry!) the #builtheritage transcript on food and preservation is now available. Also, participant Krista McCracken wrote a review of the chat on her blog, Historical Reminiscents. It's worth a read!

Twitter logoIn just a few hours - at 4:00 EDT - it will be time for our monthly Twitter chat over on the #builtheritage hashtag. We'll be talking about food and preservation - specifically, connections between the local food movement, heritage tourism, and preservation. Though I am pretty sure talking about food at the end of the day is going to result in my needing to run out and grab an early dinner, I am looking forward to the chat nevertheless.

Everyone is, of course, welcome to join in on the chat. Though we have developed a pretty regular core group for these chats, it's always a more-the-merrier situation, so please join us and share your opinions and expertise!

Not sure how to get involved? Click through to last week's post for instructions on how to participate. We look forward to "talking" with you!

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She can be found on Twitter at @smheffern.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

Save the Date: #BuiltHeritage Twitter Chat Next Wednesday, November 2

Posted on: October 26th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

 

Twitter logoOver the months of moderating the #BuiltHeritage chats on Twitter, my co-mods and I have noticed an interesting phenomenon: regardless of what the actual topic for the day is, a side conversation almost always develops around food. I'm pretty sure this is due at least in part to the timing of the chat - shortly before dinner on the east coast, and just after lunch on the west... Or perhaps preservationists are just more into food than other professions?

Either way, we've decided to make food the official subject of November's talk - but we won't be discussing our dinner plans or what we just had for lunch. Instead, we'll be talking about the growing connections between the local food movement, heritage tourism, and preservation. Not to toot our own National Trust horn here, but the Arcadia Food partnership at Woodlawn is an example of the sort of thing we'll be chatting about.

We'll be on Twitter next Wednesday (November 2) at 4:00 EDT. Please join us!

Here's how to participate in the chat:

1. Sign in to Twitter, TweetDeck or TweetChat. We (your friendly chat moderators: Julia, Kayla, and me) usually use TweetChat since it adds the hash tag automatically and allows for easy replies and re-tweets.

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage

3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other tweeters using replies and retweets.

Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.

If you can't join in live, don't worry - we'll also post a transcript shortly after the chat.

Sarah Heffern is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  She tweets a lot about food even when not on the #builtheritage chats. Not as much as about hockey, but a lot.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

 

UPDATE: The transcript of yesterday's chat is now available!

Tweet, tweet, tweet! Join us at 4:00 EDT today for the #builtheritage Twitter chat.

As the weather - at least in DC - careens wildly between summer and fall, and the National Preservation Conference looms - only two more weeks! -  it's time for October's Twitter chat. Today's topic is  community revitalization - and how preservation can help make better, more vibrant communities.

In one slight change in programming, we're preparing only three questions, rather than the usual four, to allow the chatters who are attending the conference to finalize their plans for their tweetup in Buffalo - and to give those of us not attending (like me) time to be jealous.

Not sure how to get involved? Notes on participation are available here. Unable to join us? Or want to time-shift the chat? Not to worry, we'll have a transcript available within a few days. I'll amend it to this post and send a #builtheritage tagged tweet when it is ready, so keep a look out.

Hope to "talk" to you this afternoon at 4:00 EDT!

@smheffern is a member of the Digital and New Media department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She's more than a little bummed to be missing the conference - and tweetup! - in Buffalo, but will be there in spirit.

Updated October 6, 2011

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.